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Most states, and several countries, have conducted documentation days and issued a book highlighting their research.  These books are listed below.  If they are still in print, the title is hyper linked for purchase.  If not, they will show an (OOP) notation.  For more resources, see:

Selected Bibliography on State Projects, Regional and Topical Quilt History, Exhibit Catalogs, International Quilt History

Top Ten Titles for the Study of Antique Quilts

Quilting 1915 - 1983, An Annotated Bibliography

Quilt History Member Links

Please note: the New England Quilt Museum will loan books on quilt study

Alabama - ALABAMA QUILTS: BLACK BELT TO HILL COUNTRY: Alabama Quilts From the Helen and Robert Cargo Collection Gail C. Andrews, et al.  Birmingham, AL:  Birmingham Museum of Art. ©1982 92pp. (OOP)

Arizona - Grand Endeavors, Vintage Arizona Quilts and Their Makers by Helen Young Frost and Pam Knight Stevenson, 1992, Northland Publishing (OOP)

Arkansas - Arkansas Quilts - Arkansas Warmth, Arkansas Quilter's Guild, AQS 91987), ISBN 0-81945-932-4 (OOP)

A Piece of my SoulA Piece of My Soul : Quilts by Black Arkansans showcases more than seventy-five individual pieces of patchwork quilt art in full-color photography. Each is accompanied by Cuesta Benberry's informative commentary as she details the importance of quilting to black Arkansas and the extensive holdings of African American quilts in the Old State House Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. Enthusiastically recommended reading for students of Black History, southern popular culture, and the needlecraft arts, A Piece Of My Soul explains the quilt's uses, materials, and construction, as well as what each piece featured says about the needlecraft artist and her beliefs.


Australia Quiltmakers of Australia: Celebrating the Traditions by Karen Fail; Paperback

California - Ho For California - Pioneer Woman and Their Quilts - Jean Ray Laury and the California Heritage Quilt Project, E.P. Dutton, NY (1990), ISBN 0-525-48533-3 (DP) (OOP)

Canada - Ontario heritage Quilts, Marilyn I. Walker, Boston Mills Press (1992), ISBN 1-55046-066-8 (OOP)

Quiltworks Across Canada by Gail P. Hunt; Hardcover

Connecticut - Quilts and Quiltmakers Covering Connecticut from the Connecticut Quilt Search Project, available in December 2001.

Delaware - Quilted for Friends - Delaware Valley Signature Quilts 1840 - 1855

Quilts of ProvenceFlorida -Florida Quilts - Charlotte Allen Williams, University Press of Florida (1992), ISBN 0-8130-1164-7 

France - Quilts of Provence: The Art and Craft of French Quiltmaking. NY: Henry Holt, 1996. Berenson, Kathryn, 




Quilt Treasures of Great Britain: The Heritage Search of the Quilters' Guild by Janet Rae, Margaret Tucker, Dinah Travis; Hardcover

Hawaiian Quilt Hawaii - Robert Shaw, Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces (New York: Hugh Lauter Levin Associates, 1996).  

Hawaii - Brandon, Reiko Mochinaga, The Hawaiian Quilt. Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1989. 

Hawaii - Hawaiian Quilts. rev. ed.. Honolulu: Hawaiian Academy of Arts, 1973 (originally published in 1930) Jones, Stella M., 

Hawaii- "The Wilcox Quilts in Hawaii;" Robert J. Schleck (1986); Grove Farm Homestead & Waioli Mission House, Kauai, HI; ISBN 0-9617174-0-8

Hawaii - The Queen’s Quilt. Honolulu: The Friends of ‘Iolani Palace, 2004. Hackler, Rhoda E.A. and Loretta G.H. Woodard.

Hawaii - Hawaiian Quilts, Tradition and Transition. Tokyo: Kokusai Art, 2003. Brandon, Reiko Mochinaga and Loretta G.H. Woodard. This was reissued in 2005 by the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the University of Hawaii Press.

Hawaii - Woodard, Loretta G. “Quilts.” In Finding Paradise, Island Art in Private Collections, ed. Don Severson and Mike Horikawa. Honolulu: The Honolulu Academy of Arts and The University of Hawaii Press, 2003.

 Illinois - Somewhere in Between - Quilts and Quilters of Illinois - Rita Barro Barber, AQS (1986) (OOP)

History from the Heart Illinois - History From the heart -Quilt Paths Across Illinois - E. Duane Elbert and Rachel Kamm Elbert, Rutledge Hill Press (91993), ISBN 1-55853-155-6 

Patchwork Souvenirs of the 1933 World's Fair/the Sears National Quilt Contest and Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition
by Merikay Waldvogel, Barbara Brackman; Paperback

Indiana - Indiana Quilts of Indiana; Crossroads of Memories. Marilyn Goldman & Marguerite Weibusch, chairs. Indiana University Press, 1991. ISBN 0-253-32925-6 

Des Moines: Iowa Quilts Research Project ©1990. (OOP)

Number1 Spring 1990 contained a summary of the Iowa Quilt Research Project  efforts in a brief article by Steven Blaski entitled "Quilts Reveal Lives of Early Iowans" p. 33 that was preceded by a profusely illustrated 17- page article by  Carole A. Spencer "Victorian Crazy Quilts " pp. 16-32. These crazy quilts were from the Des Moines museum collection of
the State  Historical Society of Iowa. (OOP)

Kansas Quilts Kansas - Kansas Quilts and Quilters, Barbara Brackman, Jennie A. Chinn, Gayle R. Davis, Terry THompson, Sara Reimer Farley, Nancy Hornback, University press of kansas (1993), ISBN 0-7006-0584-3 




A Maryland AlbumKentucky - Kentucky Quilts 1800-1900 - The Kentucky Quilt Project - Jonathan Holstein, John Finley (1982), ISBN 1-880584-03-4 (OOP)

Kentucky - Kentucky Quilts and their Makers. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1976. Kentucky - Clarke, Mary Washington, 

 Maryland - A Maryland Album - Quiltmaking traditions 1634-1934, Gloria Seaman Allen and Nancy Gibson Tuckhorn, Rutledge Hill Press (1995), ISBN 1-55853-341-9 


African American Quilts in MichiganMichigan - MacDowell, Marsha L. African American Quiltmaking in Michigan. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press and Michigan State University Museum, 1997. 0-87013-410-8. 162 pages; illus; 

Michigan - Michigan Quilts - 150 Years of Textile Tradition - Ed. Marsha McDowell and Ruth B. Fitzgerald, Michigan State University Museum (1987), ISBN 0-944311-00-8 



Minnesota QuiltsMinnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with Our Past (Hardcover)
by Gail Bakkom (Author), Jean arlton (Author), Helen Kelley (Foreword), Greg Winter (Photographer), Lee Sandberg (Photographer)  Voyageur Press (May 30, 2005) 192 pages; illus

Mississippi QuiltsMississippi - Mississippi quilts  Mary Elizabeth Johnson for the Mississippi Quilt Association ; photography by J.D. Schwalm. Jackson, MS : University Press of MMinnesota Quilts: Creating Connections with Our Pastississippi, 2001. 

Mississippi - David Crosby. Quilts and Quilting in Claiborne County: Tradition and Change in a Rural Southern Community. Mississippi Cultural Crossroads, 1999.  (OOP) 


Missouri - Missouri Heritage Quilts by Bettina Havig Pub. By American Quilters Society, Paducah, Kentucky, 1985   (OOP)

Montana - Hurley, Mary. Celebrating one hundred years : the Montana centennial quilt, 1889-1989  Mary Hurley and Marian S. Sweeney. Stevensville, Mont. (260 Paso Dr., Stevensville 59870) : M. Hurley, 1988. 71 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. (OOP)

Nebraska - Nebraska Quilts and Quiltmakers, Ed. Patricia Cox Cres and Ronald C. Naugle, University of Nebraska Press (1991), ISBN0-8032-6346-5 

Nebraska - QUILTS FROM THE NEBRASKA COLLECTIONS. Lincoln Quilters' Guild. Lincoln, NE: Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. 1974.  (OOP)

Northern comfort New England -  Northern Comfort: New Englands' Early Quilts 1780 - 1850.   Bassett, Lynne Z and Larkin, Jack.From the collection of Old Sturbridge Village. Photographs by Thomas Neill. 1998.

New England - What's New England About New England Quilts?: Proceedings of a Symposium at Old Sturbridge Village; edited by Lynne Z. Bassett. Sturbridge MA: Old Sturbridge Village, 1999 


New Jersey QuiltsNew Jersey - New Jersey Quilts 1777-1950, Contributions to an American tradition, Rachel Cochran, Rita Eriksn, Natalie Hart & Barbara Schaffer, AQS (1992) ISBN0-89145-996-0 




Surviving the WinterNew Mexico - Surviving the winter : the evolution of quiltmaking in New Mexico  by Dorothy R. Zopf. 1st ed. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c2001 




New York - Quilted together : women, quilts, and communities  edited by Joyce Ice and Linda Norris. Delhi, N.Y. : Delaware County Historical Association,

New York - New York Beauties - Quilts from the Empire State, Jacqueline M. Atkins and Phyllis A. Tepper, Dutton Studio Books NY(1992), ISBN 0-525-93432-4 (OOP)

New York - The Unbroken Thread: A History of Quiltmaking in the Catskills. Hoare, Steve. Hensonville, NY: Black Dome Press, 1996. [New York]

 New York - Patterns in Time: Quilts of Western New York. Hoffman, Lynn T. Buffalo, NY: Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, 1990. (OOP)

North Carolina - North Carolina Quilts, Ellen Fickling Eanes, Erma hughes Kirkpatrick, Sue Barker McCarter, Joyce Joines Newman, Ruth Haislip Robertson, Kathlyn Fender Sullivan, University of North Carolina Press (1988), ISBN 0-8078-1811-9 

Morning Star QuiltsNorth Dakota - Morning star quilts : a presentation of the work and lives of Northern Plains Indian women  Florence Pulford. 1st ed. Los Altos, Calif. : Leone Publications, c1989. 80 p. : col. ill., map ; 30 cm. 

North Dakota - Native needlework : contemporary Indian textiles from North Dakota  edited by Christopher Martin. Fargo, ND : North Dakota Council on the Arts, c1988. 47 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm. [OOP] 

North Dakota - A CENTURY OF QUILTS: An exhibit of North Dakota quilts in honor of one  hundred years of statehood 1889-1989. Kim R.L. Baird. Fargo, N.D.: The  Quilters' Guild of North Dakota. (OOP)

Nova Scotia - Old Nova Scotian Quilts. Nova Scotia Museum & Nimbus Publishing Limited, 1995. Robson, Scott & MacDonald, Sharon, 

Quilts in Community Ohio - Quilts in Community- Ohio's Traditions, Nineteenth & Twentieth Century Quilts, Quiltmakers and Traditions, Ricky Clarck, George W. Knepper and Ellice Ronsheim, Rutledge Hill Press 91991), ISBN 1-55853-101-7 

Ohio - Ohio quilts, a living tradition  by M.J. Albacete, Sharon D'Atri, Jane Reeves ; photographs by Dave Bissett. Canton, Ohio (1001 Market Ave. North, Canton 44702) : Canton Art Institute, c1981. 59 p. : ill. (OOP)

Ohio - Muhlberger, Esther Veach. The history of the Bicentennial Quilt project of the Ohio Valley Quilters' Guild  by Esther Veach Muhlberger. [Cincinnati, Ohio] : The Guild, [c1989] 22 p. ; 22 cm. (OOP)

Treasures in the Trunk Oklahoma - Oklahoma Heritage Quilts, Oklahoma Quilt Heritage Project, American Quilters Society, Paducah, Kentucky, 1990 

Ontario's Heritage Quilts by Marilyn Walker; Hardcover

 Oregon - Treasures in the Trunk, Quilts of the Oregon Trail, Mary Bywater Cross, Rutledge Hill Press 91993), ISBN 1-55853-219-6 


On the Cutting Edge Pennsylvania - Lasansky, Jeanette. On the Cutting Edge: Textile Collectors, Collections, and Traditions (symposium papers). Lewisburg PA: Union County Historical Society Oral Traditions Project, 1994 

Pennsylvania -  "Of the Best Sort but Plain": Quaker Quilts from the Delaware Valley 1760- 1890. Author:  Patricia J. Keller.  Chadds Ford, PA: Brandywine River Museum, 1996. (OOP)

Pennsylvania - Lest I Be Forgotten by Nancy & Donald Roan; Goshenhoppen Historians, Inc. (1993) ISBN 1-883801-02-8 

Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Quilts: One Hundred Years 1830-1930. Philadelphia, PA: Moore College of Art, 1978. (OOP)

Pennsylvania -  "In the Heart of Pennsylvania;" J. Lasansky, Oral History Project, (1985) ISBN 0-917127-00-5 (OOP)

Pennsylvania - Plain & Fancy: Country Quilts of the Pennsylvania- Germans, NY: Sterling, 1992. Schorsch, Amita, (OOP)

Pennsylvania - The Hands That Made Them, Quilts of Adams County, Pennsylvania, Adams County Quilt Project Committee (1993), ISBN 0-9636773-3-0 (OOP)

Pennsylvania - In the Heart of Pennsylvania Symposium Papers. Lewisburg PA: Union County Historical Society Oral Traditions Project, Lewisburg, 1986 [OOP] 

Pennsylvania - Saved for the People of Pennsylvania, Quilts from the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Lucinda Reddington Cawley, Lorraines DeAngelis Ezbiansky, Denise Rocheleau Nordberg, (1997) ISBN 0-89271-073-X 

Pennsylvania - Threads of Tradition, Northern Pennsylvania Quilts, Ed. Marianne berger WoodsCrawford County Historical Society (1997), ISBN 0-9659939-0-6 

Quilts from Two ValleysPennsylvania - Quilts from Two Valleys - Amish Quilts from the Big Valley; Mennonite Quilts from the Shenendoah Valley.  

Pennsylvania - Quilts: the Fabric of Friendship - York County Pa. Documentation Project Angelo, Sharon, Blevins, Garrett, Hamme, Heefner, Stetler Schiffer Publishing Atlgen, Pa. 2000 0-7643-1195-6 160 Paper Back $29.95 

Pennsylvania - Quilted Memories of Schuylkill County.  Schuylkill County Quilters Guilt, Kutztown Publishing Co, Kutztown PA  1999  570-754-3038 80 (OOP)

Pennsylvania - Quilting Traditions: Pieces from the past (Lancaster County Documentation) Herr, Patricia T.schiffer Publishing Atglen, Pa 2000 0-7643-1121-2 160 Paper Back

Pennsylvania - the Hands That Made Them ... Quilts of Adams County, Pennsylvania Bennett, Ellie, et Al Adams County Quilt Project Camp Hill, Pa. 1993 0-9636773-3-0 132 Paper Back (OOP)

Pennsylvania - Pieced by MotherPennsylvania - Bits and Pieces, Textile Traditions Lasansky, Jeanette; Gunn, Virginia, et Al Oral Traditions Report Lewisburg, Pa 1991 0-917127-06-4 120 lasansky, Jeanette. (OOP)

Pennsylvania - Pieced by Mother Symposium Papers, Lasansky, Jeanette; 120 pages (April 1988) Union County Historical Society; ISBN: 091712703X

Pennsylvania - Quilts from Appalachia. A catalog from an exhibit sponsored by Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art and Central  PA Village Crafts, Inc., published in 1988. The authors are Patricia MacNeal  and Maude Wahlman. It includes a brief biography of each of the quilters  represented as well as a brief history of the region, its settlement and its  textile traditions and roots.

 Rhode Island - Down by the Old Mill Stream; edited by Linda Welters and Margaret T. Ordonez, Kent State University Press, 2000

South Carolina - Social Fabric: South Carolina's Traditional Quilts; edited by Laurel Horton and Lynn R. Myers. Columbia SC: University of South Carolina McKissick Museum, 1986?. 56 pages [OOP]

South Dakota - Quilting Patterns from Native American Designs by Joyce Mori; Paperback

To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions
by Marsha MacDowell, C. Kurt Dewhurst; Paperback

Southern QuiltsSweden - Wettre,Asa - Old Swedish Quilts 1995 Interweave Press, Colorado (OOP)

Tennessee - Southern Quilts; Surviving Relics of the Civil War.   Ramsey, Bets, and Brackman, Barbara Rutledge Hill Nashville, Tenn. 1998 1-55853-598-5 160 Paper Back


Quilts and Women of the Mormon MigrationTennessee - Cross, Mary Bywater. Quilts and Women of the Morman Migrations [Utah]: Treasures of Transition. Nashville, Tn: Rutledge Hill Press, 1996.

Tennessee - a People and Their Quilts Irwin, John Rice Schiffer Publishing Atglen, Pa 1984 0-88740-024-8 214 Paper Back [Tennessee]  (OOP)


Quilts of Tennessee Tennessee - The Quilts of Tennessee: Images of Domestic Life Prior to 1930 by Bets Ramsey, Merikay Waldvogel; Paperback Rutledge Hill Press (1986) Isbn 0-934395-30-6

Texas - Texas quilts, Texas women  by Suzanne Yabsley. 1st ed. College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c1984. xv, 99 p. : ill. 


Lone Stars - A Legacy of Texas QuiltsLone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1836-1936 Vol 1
by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes; Paperback

Lone Stars: A Legacy of Texas Quilts, 1936-1986 Vol 2
by Karoline Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes; Paperback

Texas - Texas Quilts, Texas Treasures. Paducah, KY: AQS, 1986. 160 pages [OOP]

Texas - Prairie Windmill Quilt History & Research Chapter, National Quilting Association, Quilts of the Texas South Plains: A Sesquicentennial Exhibition, Oct. 19, 1986-Mar. 8, 1987. Lubbock, TX: Ranching Heritage Center, The Museum, Texas Tech University, 1986.

Texas Treasures - Texas Heritage Quilt Society 1986, published by the American Quilters' Society, Paducah

Texas - Mason, Melvin Rosser, 1927- Martha Mitchell of Possum Walk Road : Texas quiltmaker  text by Melvin Rosser Mason ; photographs by Westen McCoy. 1st ed. Huntsville, Tex. : Texas Review Press, 1999. 80 pages; illus.

Texas Quilts and QuiltersTexas Quilts and Quilters; A Lone Star Legacy. Part of the Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest, a book series published by Texas Tech University Press, this new hardcover book by Marcia Kaylakie explores the stories of Texas quilters. 2007.

United Kingdom - Quilt Treasures - The Quilters' Guild Heritage Search, 1996, Deirdre McDonald Books, London

United Kingdom - Quilts of the British Isles Rae,Janet-  1987 Constable, London

Utah - Gathered in Time: Utah Quilts and Their Makers, Settlement to 1950by Kae Covington; University of Utah Press (1997), ISBN 0-87480-541-4

Utah - Quilts and Women of the Mormon Migrations, Mary Bywater Cross, Rutledge Hill press, (1996), ISBN 1-55853-399-0

Utah - Pioneer quiltmaker : the story of Dorinda Moody Slade, 1808-1895  by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis. Tucson, Ariz. : Sanpete Publications, c1990. 73 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. [Utah]

Plain and Fancy Vermont - Plain and Fancy, Vermont People and their Quilts as a Reflection of America, Richard L. Cleveland and Donna Bister, the Quilt Digest Press (1991), ISBN 0-913327-30-1




Quilts of VirginiaVirginia - Quilts of Virginia.  Virginia Consortium of Quilters.  Click here for more information.

Virginia - VIRGINIA QUILTS, by Hazel Carter, published by The Continental Quilting Congress, 1987 (OOP)

Virginia - Mennonite Quilts from the Shenandoah Valley Good, Phyllis Pellman Good Books Intercouse, Pa. 1999 1-56148-286-2 76 Paperback (OOP)

Virginia - Virginia "First Flowers: Early Virginia Quilts," Gloria Seaman Allen, Curator (Jly 20- Oct 18, 1987)

Virginia - Virginia Quilts: First Search for Virginia Made Quilts, Beginning in Northern Virginia;" Text by Hazel Carter; Sponsored by the Continental Quilting Congress (1987) (OOP)

Virginia - Virginia Quilt Museum 

Washington State "Women & Their Quilts: a Washington State Centennial Tribute," Nancyann Johanson Twelker, Foreward by Carter Houck; Pub the Patchwork Place (1988) Isbn 0-943574-51-x  (OOP)

West Virginia Quilts and QuiltmakersWest Virginia - Canopy for Dreams: Historic Quilts from the West Virginia State Museum Collection. Charleston, WV: West Virginia Division of Culture and History, 1998(OOP).

West Virginia - West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers. Valentine, Fawn. Ohio University Press, 2000


Wisconsin Quilts - Stories in the StitchesWisconsin Quilts: Stories in the Stitches 

A gorgeous visual sampling of quilts produced by Wisconsin women over the past two centuries, featuring color photos of many privately held heirlooms. Produced in association with the Wisconsin Quilt History Project, this book offers a rare and intimate glimpse at these tangible pieces of our past.

COLLECTIONS OF THE MILWAUKEE PUBLIC MUSEUM. Donald Hoke. Milwaukee, WI: Milwaukee Public Museum ©1985. 65pp. (OOP)